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Auburn wide receiver Eli Stove (12) dives for the end zone for a touchdown as Texas A&M linebacker Anthony Hines III (19) defends during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

Texas A&M sophomore linebacker Anthony Hines III will miss the rest of the season with a lower body injury, head coach Jimbo Fisher said on Wednesday’s SEC Teleconference.

“He re-injured a lower body extremity and he’ll be out for the rest of the year,” Fisher said.

On Monday, Hines tweeted, "I wouldn't wish nerve pain on my worst enemy..."

Hines missed the season opener against Northwestern State, but returned last week against second-ranked Clemson.  On a play with two minutes left in the game, Hines appears to cut to the left toward the middle of the field, and then goes down to one knee without any contact. 

His absence in the first game of the season was due to a “minor sprain” he suffered at the end of fall camp, Fisher said the week before the Northwestern State game.

As a freshman, Hines recorded 33 tackles, including six tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble in 13 games played. He was a consensus four-star recruit out of Plano East High School and the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker by ESPN Recruiting Nation.

Wednesday, Hines tweeted, "Gods Plan!! Looking forward to supporting my team all season!! So thankful to have the support system I have! TAMU truly is a special place. 2019 is my year #GigEm"

Linebacking depth has been an issue for the Aggies through the young season. Sophomore backer Buddy Johnson missed the Clemson game for undisclosed reasons, posting on his Instagram before the game that he would not play. He did suit up and participate in warm-ups.

Both Hines and Johnson were listed as No.1 and 2 respectively at the weakside linebacker position on this week’s depth chart for Louisiana-Monroe. Junior Larry Pryor is listed third, but and “or” between him and Johnson indicate both have taken second-team reps.

Sophomore Braden White and senior Riley Garner could also be options to fill Hines’  void.

“Those guys are so vital, the way the game is played today,” Fisher said of the linebackers before the Clemson game.

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